Sunday, March 6, 2016

Embracing the Last of Winter...and a Special Valentine's Gift.

Mike surprised me with a new camera for Valentine's Day. 

I'm not kidding when I say I almost fell off 
my chair as I opened the gift!!

It was not expected. At all.
I'm so - over the top - stinkin' excited! ...and grateful!

I have been swooning - talking - dreaming about such a camera!! 

Mike gave me a Canon PowerShot - SX530 HS.
It's my dream camera. Oh I already mentioned that... sorry. (wink)

This morning I looked out the window 
and there it was ... a photo opportunity.

I grabbed my camera and had some fun!

(Soon these nests will be filled with baby birds!)

I'm not much of a winter person. 
However, I have to admit that it can be stunning to view the countryside after a fresh coat of snow has fallen.

Not so much fun to drive in. Ha! 

My commute to my  job is 40 minutes each way. There have been many times I wish I had my camera with me. I've witnessed some amazing sunsets and wildlife off in the distance. This past Friday I noticed a buck in the midst of a railroad track... with a fresh coat of snow surrounding him. He was looking right at me.  It would have made an awesome photo. 

Maybe I need to bring this along 
for the travel time. (?)
I promise I'll pull over before snapping a shot. 

I'm looking froward to spring. Garage sale season is right around the corner! Can't wait!

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Treasure Hunting Story: The Vintage Ladder and the Fruit Boxes!

Thanks for stopping by to check in.
It's been awhile since I've posted something.
I've had some changes in my life.
It's been a bit of an adjustment for me.
Nevertheless, here I am. Feels good to be back!
Onward ho!
I know what I am going to share isn't
anything new or over the top.
This is a little story about treasure hunting. Finding one object at a time and coming up with something that is unique!
Last spring I stopped at a sale. It was late in the day. I didn't expect to find much, but to my surprise.....there they were.

4 amazing old wooden boxes! I paid $1. each for them.
I know. It was a fabulous deal!
I grabbed them up like they were gold!

Later on in the summer I found an old wooden ladder. Thought I might use it for plants on the porch. I couldn't pass it up for $5.

The boxes had been stacked in my office.
The ladder was out in the garage.
Then one day, I had an aha moment!
I was so excited! I ran out to the garage...dusted off the ladder and lugged it into the office.

This is how it turned out...

The fourth box didn't fit... a little too wide.
I had  an old tray from a tool box laying around, which takes the place of the box that wouldn't fit. It works for now.
I'd like to find another box to sit on the top shelf.
That's on my junkin' list for this year.

I also had this wooden cart with wheels sitting on a shelf out in the garage. I purchased it from my cousin's Mother/Father in-law. I paid .50 cents for it. They had a barn sale a couple of years ago. I wasn't sure what I'd use it for, but it appealed to me - and did I mention it was .50 cents!!

 I just roll out the bottom box for easy access!

I am using these boxes for storing my recently listed small items.

When the weather gets warmer, I'd like to paint the ladder.
Maybe black? Not sure yet.
I also need to start this project.

That's all for now. I hope to be posting on a more regular basis.
I do appreciate you stopping by and saying hello!
Always a pleasure to hear from you!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Diversion = $2. Hand Carved Wooden Artistic Find !

It was a rainy dreary Saturday in August.
I was on my way to the grocery ...and there it was... a sign. 
"Garage Sale Today " - with an arrow pointing down the street. 
I couldn't pass it up. I had to stop. 

I walked up to the sale - where my eyes became fixed on a piece of wood.
As I got closer, I realized it was a thick branch.  
I loved it. 
I had to know more. 
I asked the lady about it. She told me she had purchased it from a local farmer who apparently chisels wood during his down time. 

She used it on her farm table in a previous home. She has since moved and changed her decor to reflect a different look. 
She no longer had a home for it. 
Just so happens, I do!

It's so artistic! Oh my gosh!!! I could see it sitting on the long table in front of the window.
She had a $2. price tag on the piece. Oh yes she did! 

I'd like to say I swooped it up, but it has some weight to it! It's about 36" long and 6" deep. It's got to be over 10 pounds. It's definitely a  focal point piece. I love that it is hand carved!

I purchased some stones to place in the trough. ( it holds 2 1/2 bags !! )

Added tea lights. 

It's sitting on that  long table in the living room - just like I envisioned!!!
Looks so handsome. 

I'm going to change out the paisley table runner with a burlap runner.

I love it. 
So glad I stopped to find such an amazing treasure!

Summer is coming to a close. I didn't see much of it this year. It's been a challenging summer. Lots of "not fun-life stuff" to deal with. 
That's why junking is so much fun! It gives me a break from all the "not fun-life stuff" and allows me have a short vacation in the midst of it all. Being creative is another outlet for me when life gets too serious. It's nice to have a diversion. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I always - always appreciate your comments and the time you take to read the latest. Means so much!

Hope your last days of summer are filled with some fun diversions!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie xo

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mr. Higgens Adventure - Summer of 2015

For those of you that keep up with me, you'll remember that my Mom and I had a cat. His name is Mr. Higgens. 

He loved my Mom. My Mom loved him. They were a good match. He made her laugh, a lot.  He is a goofball - silly boy!

It's a long story .... he was adopted by us ( Mom and I ) , shortly after we moved into the house in Franklin, Tn. It was "meant to be ". 

Several years later, after my dear sweet Momma was promoted to heaven , my life took a left hand turn. I moved back to Michigan . I had to find a new home for Higgens . 

I put out a plea on my facebook page regarding the situation,  hoping to find a home for him with someone I could trust.  

My dear sweet "animal loving - cousin" , Anne, responded. 

She offered to take him in. 
Anne lives in the area I relocated to. I was so excited (!!! ) and grateful !! ( I just couldn't handle handing him over to someone I didn't know or God forbid, to a shelter. It was an amazing prayer answered!!)

Anne and her husband have taken such good care of him for the last couple of years. Anne has been  an over the top cat mom to him. Hubby was in charge of play time.  Higgens LOVES play time!  

Then, in May .... Anne contacted me. She had some changes in her life . We needed to find another home for Mr. Higgen's. I immediately prayed . I knew God had a plan for him, but I had no idea what it would be. I posted a plea, again, on my facebook page.

To back up a bit ..... I had been posting photos of Higgens on my facebook business page at Entirely Apropos
Mr. Higgens started to get a lot of attention from a certain "Barbara" @ "A Beachside Dream". 
She would always comment about him. 
If I hadn't posted something about Higgens within a few weeks, Barbara was there inquiring -"How is that Mr. Higgens ? "
(Clearly, Mr. Higgens had wooed his way into her heart) 

Barbara and I became good friends from our business pages,  and then we started following each other on our personal pages.  

So, when I posted my need to find a new home for Higgens, Barbara was the first to inquire about him. 

She couldn't make the trip up to Michigan to get him, and I couldn't make the trip down south to deliver him.

That's when my dear - awesome sister-friend - Kari, stepped in. 

Kari is a cat lover. She has been a " Cat Aunt" to Mr. Higgens all these years. She has taken care of him while we were on vacation .... you get it. She is a devoted cat lover and friend. Loves Higgens.

She contacted me with an idea. Why don't we meet in Indiana ? I'll take  Higgens back to Nashville, and Barbara can pick him up there! 
I'm like.....Okay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So we did. 

June 27th, we ( Anne and I, with Mr. Higgens ) met Kari in Indiana. 
We had an amazing 24 hours together. 
Then, we said good bye to Kari and Mr. Higgens - as he traveled back with Aunt Kari, to the south , to meet his new Mom, Barbara. ( By the way... my Mom was also a "Barbara" and her middle name is Anne. Hmmmmm.  ) 

Barbara met Kari  and Higgens on Sunday the 28th - and away Higgens went to his new home in Mississippi !

Barbara has been posting lots of updates about Higgens on her personal page. He is doing great ! I'm so grateful !! Thank you, Barbara and Hubby  for taking in Mr. Higgens !

*Mwah* and  )))) GINORMOUS HUGS !! ((((( 
(I know my Mom is smiling down on you and so grateful for your love and special care for him)

None of this would have happened without Kari!!! ....thank you, Aunt Kari ! You are the best! Thank you thank you thank you !!!

Did I mention that June 27th is the anniversary of my Mom being promoted to heaven ? Yep. Fluke ? Not in my book. 
Pretty darn awesome. 
God is good. 

Last week, I came home from work- was a busy crazy day at my job. I just wanted to sit down and relax. 
I walked in the door, and the first thing I see is a package sitting on the island. Addressed to me - return address: Mr. Higgens and Family. ***  Oh My Gosh !!!!! *** 
I opened the fat bubble wrapped envelope and out came a card, 2 packages, Mr. H's old name tag and a dainty starfish. ( starfish  representing A Beachside Dream)

I opened the card...... ( cute as can be,card! )

Gah!! How over the top is this ?!!! Oh my gosh! The card alone was enough to send me to the kleenex box! 
But then, there is this ..... 

Oh my gosh! Barbara's business is hand made jewelry .... and guess what .... Anne and I each received one of these amazing sentimental pieces of "right from the heart, jewelry-love" !!  I will treasure the rest of my life! 

Mr. Higgens had no idea his life would be such an adventure. 
He is in a safe home with a dog that lets him rule the house. 
( I know, shocker. LOL )
He has a fabulous Mom and Dad, and a beautiful house to live in. 
What more could a cat want ?
He is very spoiled and well loved.
Isn't that a neat story? I think it's so awesome. 

One more shout out to Anne and  family - Kari -  Barbara and  her kind hearted Hubby!

I haven't started my painting project regarding the $4.99 piece of furniture I purchased a few weeks ago. 
( To read about it, click here )
I keep thinking about it .... but haven't had the time --- yet. 

Thanks for stopping by! ....and as always ...
thanks for your comments ! I appreciate you!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!

Talk soon.

Julie xoxo

Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Unexpected Find at my Favorite Thrift Store. She's a Beauty!

 I love creative fun up-cycle recycle projects .. and ... as you know ...  I love to go junkin'.

 I've tried to back off of the " junkin' - garage sale yard sale - fun " .  I already have an abundance of treasures I need to list in my eBay and Etsy stores.  ( Do you know how hard it is to pass up a garage sale ? Ugh! Breaks my heart, every time! hahahaha ! )

I have also tried to keep my creative projects at a minimum, as I'm struggling to finish my first creative task that I started months ago. 
That's just sad !!! 

Saying that. I have cheated a bit.  A junkin' girl has to have a little fun  once in a while....right ? 

I stopped at my favorite "honey hole thrift store".  I didn't really plan on treasure hunting. Just an innocent trip to the thrift store for some work clothes. 
I spent quite a bit of time going through racks and racks of clothes, didn't come up with much. Headed towards the check out , which is near the furniture area. 
* Oh. My. Word. * There she was....winking at me!!! Gah! 

I HAD to go over and say hello !!! 
I looked her over and then.......I saw the price tag. 

$4.99 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Oh my gosh !!!! I quickly (well... it was more like : running to the cash register - sprint )  found an associate  - so that I could pay for her  !!! She was going home with me !!!

There was a  nice young man that helped me carry her to the car. ( She is solid wood! Heavy - solid wood! ) 
I mentioned that I couldn't believe she was still there. 
He said " Ma'am......we JUST put it on the sales floor ! " 
I then knew .... it was meant to be!!! 
I had been frustrated that I spent so much time shopping for clothes - only to find a little something  .... glad I didn't give up on the clothes ! I would have departed without ever seeing her!

Now, I know that you may think I'm a bit crazy for doing this. But. I'm going to paint over the roses / art work. I think the original artist did an amazing job. I feel bad painting over them .... however,  it doesn't match my decor. 

Here's to hoping I can get this project done before the snow flies. 
I'm excited to have her in my office one day. 
She will be perfect to replace another piece I am going to sell.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. 
Thanks for stopping by! Always always appreciated!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vintage Door Knobs and Hardware Finds & Hurry Up Spring!

It's been a drab Monday here in mid Michigan. 
Gray skies and 47 degrees. 
Apparently, Michigan did not got the memo that it is spring!

My Nashville Tennessee friends have been posting pics of their gardens on facebook the last few days. I'm having some " warm weather - spring where are you? " envy. ha!

I don't think I will be able to garden this year....however,  I will load up my little red wagon with herbs...when it warms up. 

The little red wagon is one of my favorite purchases  since being back in Michigan. 
I wrote a little something about it on the blog .
Click Here if you would like to read about the LRW. 

I've had the last few days off from my "other" job. 
I've been trying to hunker down to get more posted on my eBay and Etsy stores.

I picked up a box of lovely yummy vintage door knobs / hardware at a tag sale awhile back...well, a long while back.  ...... like when I lived in Tennessee - while back. haha! 

I was so excited when I found them! 
 As of today .... I managed to get them all listed!!! 
Yay me!!! 

I have no idea what the last piece is. I guess it must be a latch or knob ? Thought it might be fun for someone that recycles - re-purposes. Already has that chippy thing going on! 

More of the listings are here in my eBay store : Click Here , if you would like to see them. Thanks!

I managed to get a few more pieces of trim listed on Etsy. You can view my store here, if you would like to see the latest goodies : Click Here

Thank you for your comments and stopping by to check in. 
Means so much to me! Thank you thank you!

I also want to thank you for contacting me to notify me of my blog issue.
 Somehow I added Google + to my blog - gah! 
Therefore, many of you couldn't respond or leave a comment!
I remember looking around on it, but I didn't recall clicking the  - "yes, I'd like to have google + added to my blog"- button. I must have done something ! Took me awhile to figure out how to take it off...hopefully it is all back to normal and you can leave a comment. Don't you hate it when something like that happens ?  Oy! 

I hope you are enjoying your spring! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie xo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lace Trim and Vintage Hankies

It's a drizzly day here in the mid Michigan area.
Kinda cold and doesn't quite feel like spring yet.
Grateful it isn't snowing.... ha! ( I say that very carefully , 'cause it could . ) 

I've been working on paperwork the last week or so. Not my favorite thing to do. 
I'd much rather be junkin', painting, creating or listing something to sell. 

I'm trying to embrace paperwork - as it is something that we all have to deal with .... but I find myself easily distracted when working on it. (example :  posting a little something on the blog. ..... I have to chuckle at myself !)

Thought I'd take a moment and share with you some of my lace trim finds from last summer.
First of all I would like to establish that I do not sew. I have thought many times about trying it ( again ) ....maybe at an older age I would have more patience than I did when I tried it 100 years ago. *wink*  It's tempting to try again....but as of today, I do not own a sewing machine. 

Saying that, I am highly attracted to sewing articles when out junking / treasure hunting. Vintage or new .... I usually buy it. ( I think it is a little strange that I'm so attracted to it since I don't sew!?  ) 

Anyway ..... I came across a box of lace trim last summer at a tag sale. I couldn't pass it up. It was a great price.

I finally pulled it out last month and went through it. There was much more  than what I had originally thought. Fun!!!

I began listing several pieces  in my Etsy store. I didn't get through all of it, but I made a dent. I have much more to dig out to sell.

Here are some of the listings....

and one more....

I also listed some vintage hankies.... they were some I found at a sale right around the corner from where I live. At a FARM!  I love going to farm sales. I always find treasures! 

You can view all of these in my Etsy Store.  

I also came across this hand towel. Cracks me up!!! 
"Chicken n Wine"

This is for sale in my eBay store.

That's all for now. 
I'd better get back to my .... well,  you know ..... the "p" word.

Enjoy your day!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

 Thanks for stopping by.... means so much!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Etsy Coupon Code for Entirely Apropos and Bird Watching!

Happy February 4th!
It's so nice to be back on the blog, even if it's just for a moment. I have missed being here. 

I was looking over my last post which was from November. I had just started my seasonal job working at one of our favorite craft stores.

I'm happy tor report, I made it. Was a little rusty as it has been 15 years since I've done this. But. I did it! 

They've asked me to stay on at a part time level. I said yes. I was honored to be asked. 

Things have slowed down now and I'm back to listing on eBay - and - re-opened my Etsy store.  
I thought I'd celebrate by offering a 20% discount in the Etsy Store!
 Minimum purchase of $8. 
Coupon code : "Entirelyapropossale" ( it always looks so chaotic when placing 3 words together. I probably should have thought of one word. Too late.  ) 
Good through the month of February 2015.

Feel free to share the code with anyone. I appreciate you passing it along.

Link to Etsy Store ; Click Here 

I've been enjoying feeding the birds.
I've had a Downy show up and my first Cardinal! 
( Didn't have the camera near by to capture the Cardinal. It was an exciting moment ! )

The Goldfinch family went for a ride on their feeder. The wind was blowing ....they hung on and didn't let it stop them from their lunch. ha! 
They are so cute!

I have several Sparrows that show up along with the Junco's.
They are so precious to watch.

Thats all for now.
I need to get back to listing more goodies!

Have a good day!

Happy Treasure Hunting....and Thank You for stopping by. Always always means so much!

Hugs, Julie

Monday, November 10, 2014

Progress and Change.

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything" - George Bernard Shaw

Change change change. That has become the regular in my life and I'm sure in your life as well. Life is full of change. 

After moving back to Michigan. I tried to get my junkin' business back up and running. I experienced some failures. Some of the failures have to do with me. Some of the failures have to do with not being able to find my niche. 
Nothing seemed to be working. 
So, after accepting it ( which took me awhile ) - I took on a part time job (in March). 
I continued to sell on line, but it just wasn't going as I had hoped.

I recently was offered another position for the Christmas season working at one of the craft stores we all love to shop at. 
I have been working more hours and learning how to run a cash register ( again ). I'm also building up my stamina regarding standing on my feet for several hours at a time.

I have to say, I feel old. oy!

At this point, I  have my eBay store up and running...but I've put my Etsy store on hold. Not enough time or energy to keep them both going.

I took some time yesterday and added a few auctions to my store. Mostly Christmas merchandise.
One of my favorites for the week is this vintage Christmas pillowcase. ( You can view the auction here: Vintage Christmas Pillowcase - Jolly Santa! )

The other is this Hallmark Wizard of Oz ornament. 
( Click on this Link to see the ornament :  Wizard of Oz Hallmark Ornament )

Life is full of twists and turns. I'm trying to remind myself that I'm on an adventure.... but I'm ready for the journey to sort itself out and become more of a lifestyle instead of a roller-coaster ride. I'm sure many of you can relate. 

Hope you enjoy your week. Thanks for stopping by. 
Always always appreciated!!
Happy Treasure Hunting!